Mitch Daniels talks Ryan budget
June 7th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Mitch Daniels talks Ryan budget

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan's budget has become a litmus test for any Republican considering a White House run, but now even non-candidates like Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels are weighing in on the budget chairman's proposed plan.

"Congressman Ryan's made tremendous contribution and nobody should criticize his plan unless they've something of similar dimension of their own to offer up," Daniels said in an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger that is to air Tuesday night on "In the Arena."

The Ryan Plan, which proposes shifting Medicare to a voucher system for those under the age of 55, in the context of the 2012 House races, has delighted some Democrats, while concerning some Republicans. Daniels, who also served as a budget director during the Bush administration, is more sanguine on how voting for such a major change in Medicare will affect his party. He told Borger, "The cheap shots on Medicare were going to happen and we have to have that debate."

He continued, "I personally believe that it demeans the American public to say that we are so juvenile, we are so dim-witted as a people, that we cannot see an economic iceberg that is right ahead of us."

While he complimented Ryan's budget, he said he wished it had gone further, telling CNN, "I would have preferred Representative Ryan's budget if it had also addressed Social Security, if it had also addressed defense, if it had called for more sweeping pro-growth tax reform."

Filed under: Budget • Congress • Gloria Borger • House • Medicare • Mitch Daniels • Paul Ryan
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  1. vet in texas

    Ryan's plan has been repeated over and over by the GOP as "a start", "an adult conversation", "the guts to do something". Now they try and turn it to "the dems don't have a plan".....yes they do, it's called Romney care! The MA numbers show that it's only 1% of their budget......I say again, 1% of their budget. Had this been a Pelosi would be a "monstrosity, radical (thanks Newt), freedom taking, death panel, etc. etc.

    June 7, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Paul Ryan did not come up with the idea that Medicare is in serious financial trouble or that it is going to run out of money. He did come up with the idea that it can be fixed so that it can continue. He did come up with a specific plan to do that. Nobody else has put in the effort to show how we can fix Medicare. The Democrats just prefer to ignore the problem and let it just become a problem to the next generation.

    The Ryan Plan is the best we have. It works and we are grateful he put in the effort to save Medicare for those of us under 55. We will need it.

    June 7, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Thankfully Independent

    I find it disturbing that no responsible Republican has come up with an alternative to Paul Ryan's irresponsible travesty of a plan. If the current crop of GOP candidates can't be original and do better, they certainly won't get my vote.

    June 7, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    "Congressman Ryan's made tremendous contribution and nobody should criticize his plan unless they've something of similar dimension of their own to offer up,"

    We do...its called MEDICARE stupid!!

    June 7, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Angy

    Talk about "death panels". That is exactly what the ryan plan is about. ryan plan=death panels. What 85 year old do you know that wants to check around for medical insurance or plans. Give me a break.

    June 7, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Aaron

    If the Repubs would have actually made an effort to reduce expenses in their ill-advised plan, rather than just put tax cuts for the rich and cut social security and medicare to pay for it, someone other than Fox News loons might take them seriously. It was just another one of their smokescreens to make the rich richer. Their idol Reagan started this nonsense and also put the U.S. on the road to an unpayable budget deficit to finance more money for the rich. That's the bottom line on everything with Repubs.

    June 7, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. lgny

    There have been several long range budget reforms posted by various political groups and available online. There's also the President's long term budget that is available as well.

    The Conservatives do a dis-service by asserting that the Ryan plan is the only plan that addresses the deficit. They seek to win by default by fooling people into thinking that theirs in the only solution.

    Even if you like the idea of converting Medicare into subsidies to purchase private insurance, the Bipartisan Planning Center budget plan advocates the same change but provides more adequate funding and includes cuts in the cost for providing medical services.

    June 7, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    The Republicans PRAISE and then they take it away – They are FOR IT before they were AGAINST IT – After they WANT IT and it doesn't FIT, then get rid of it – They GIVETH and then they TAKETH away... Jeez!!!

    June 7, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Patrick from Minnesota

    I never thought I would say this, but thank you Paul Ryan! If you keep this up, Nancy Pelosi will have her job back in 2012!!

    June 7, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans can't sell Ryan's plan because they can't explain it themselves, look back at their town hall meetings. LOL

    June 7, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. diridi

    Paul Ryan Budget is the shame for America, cutting Medicare, and social security, and privatization.....stand for guys do not have any kind of locus standi....idiots...shut up.....

    June 7, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |